Scone guineas on Military Zone's radar

May 01, 2019

Military Zone will carry strong form into next week’s Scone Guineas after an impressive victory in the Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) on the weekend.

Co-trainers Peter and Paul Snowden were looking forward to seeing how the three-year-old gelding performed as he stepped out to 1400m for the first time, and he didn’t disappoint.

James McDonald gave Military Zone ($5) the perfect ride before sprinting to the front at the top of the straight, from there he held off the well-supported Trope ($3.80) by a head, with Quackerjack ($10) two lengths behind in third.

Depending on his showing next Saturday in the Scone Guineas (1400m) a possible outing in the Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) may be on the cards.

“We might target the Stradbroke Handicap if he can perform well at Scone but he’s a light weight hope in a race like that,” Peter Snowden said.

“His win in the Hawkesbury Guineas was very good.”

The win was Military Zone’s fourth, and one of his best, as he was just 0.2 seconds from setting a new track record.

Snowden had earmarked Military Zone as an above-average galloper after he came from last to salute at Randwick last August.

“The day he won his first start at Randwick, he ran tremendous sectionals for a green horse and we knew he was a horse with obvious potential,” Snowden said.

“He was only second-up so he can improve. I thought he was a Brisbane carnival horse when I tipped him out last year.

“He has had a bad habit of over-racing badly but he is learning how to switch off in his races and that makes a difference.”

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